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Respiratory Care Specialty Option

Upon completion of the RC 496 internship at Sanford Health, student interns choose a specialty area and develop an individualized specialty option proposal. This specialty option consists of RC 494-Individual Study (4 credits) and a minimum of 12 credits of special electives. Special electives should be closely related to the clinical experience planned for RC 494. They are part of the same 'total package'.

Guidelines for the written proposal will be provided by Sanford Health-Fargo Respiratory Care program faculty. Proposals are presented to the RC Curriculum Committee for approval. Once approved, any changes must occur by petition to the Committee.

RC 494-Individual Study includes 160 clinical specialty hours and a research project.

Commonly selected specialty areas are: neonatal/pediatric general or intensive care, adult general or intensive care, cardiopulmonary diagnostics, sleep medicine, pulmonary rehabilitation, home care, education, and management. Other specialty areas may be possible and should be discussed with your academic advisor/Sanford RC program faculty in advance of developing the written proposal. 

The research project will consist of journal or original research. Publication guidelines will be provided by Sanford Health Respiratory Care program faculty.

Special Electives

Each student will be required to complete a minimum of 12 credits of 300-400 level courses. These credits must include one course from the COMMUNICATION and one course from the SOCIOLOGY categories below. The following courses are recommended:

COMMUNICATION: Minimum of one course (3 credits)

Comm 308-Business and Professional Speaking (3)
Pre-req.: COMM 110
Comm 315-Small Group Communication (3)
Comm 380-Health Communication I (3)

Comm 381-Patient-Provider Communication (3)

Comm 383-Organizational Communication (3)
Pre-req.: Junior Standing

SOCIOLOGY: Minimum of one course (3 credits)

SOC 426-Sociology of Medicine (3)
SOC 440-Sociology of Aging (3)
SOC 441-Death and Dying (3)

OTHER: Minimum of 6 credits

BIOL 315/315L-Genetics and Lab (3, 1)
EDUC 321 - Intro to Teaching (3)
EDUC 322-Educational Psychology (3)
HDFS 320-Prenatal, Infant/Toddler Development (3)

HDFS 330-Child Development (3)
Pre-req:  HDFS 230, 320, or PSYC 250

HDFS 340-Adolescent Development (3)
Pre-req:  HDFS 230, 320, 330, or PSYC 250

HDFS 360-Adult Development and Aging (3)
Pre-req: Junior or Senior Standing

HDFS 475-Children/Families Across Cultures (3)

HDFS 482-Family Dynamics of Aging (3)
Pre-req:  HDFS 135 or 230 or 360, or PSYC 250 or 471, HDFS majors/minors only

HNES 351-Metabolic Basis of Nutrition (4)
Pre-req:  HNES 250, Chem 240, Bioc 260 or 460

HNES 465/466-Physiology of Exercise and Lab (3,1)
Pre-req:  BIOL 221/L and HNES 365/366

MGMT 320-Foundations of Management (3)
Pre-req: College of Business majors/minors only
MGMT 330-Foundations/Organizational Behavior (3)
Pre-req:  MGMT 320, College of Business majors/minors only 
MICR 460/460L-Pathogenic Microbiology and Lab (3, 2)
Pre-req.: MICR 202 or 350; MICR 350L
MICR 470/471-Basic Immunology and Lab (3, 2)
Pre-req.: MICR 350

MLS 435-Hematology (2)
Pre-req: MICR 202L or 350L

PHRM 300-Principles of Clinical Pharmacology (3)
PSYC 322-Thinking and Making Decisions (3)
Pre-req.: PSYC 111
PSYC 350-Research Methods I (3)
Pre-req.: PSYC 111, MATH 103

PSYC 471-The Psychology of Aging (3)
Pre-req.: PSYC 111, Junior Standing

RC 499-Interprofessional Healthcare Practice
Dept Consent Only

Other 300-400 level courses not listed here may be taken to fulfill the
12 credits of Special Electives, as long as prior approval has been requested
and approved in writing from the RC Consortial Committee.
Please contact your academic adviser for pre-approval.



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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 8:19:47 AM